How to Enjoy the Benefits of Your Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library Membership
The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library (CHPL) is a community hub that offers a variety of free services and resources to its members with a library card.
Borrow digital books from CHPL’s extensive collection. Search, reserve, renew, and download books online or through the library app.
- Libby – Dozens of digital books and magazine titles are available for download directly to a device.
- Overdrive – A digital library service allowing patrons to borrow free e-books, audiobooks, and other digital media.
- Freading – Access thousands of always-available eBooks, Disney graphic novels, SparkNotes study guides, and more.
- Scholastic Bookflix – Streaming versions of classic storybooks for storytime paired with related nonfiction titles. For PreK to 3rd grade.
Access thousands of titles in different genres and languages on a computer, mobile device, or TV with an internet connection and a library card.
- Kanopy – TV and movie streaming.
- Freegal – Stream or download more than 18 million songs.
- Hoopla – Audiobooks, eBooks, comics, or music.
A platform offering business, technology, and creative skills courses. Access these platforms with a library card and an email address.
Read newspapers from home or anywhere with a library card. Access current and historical issues of local, national, and international newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Cincinnati Business Courier, The Guardian, and more.
- Flipster – Read current and back issues of magazines.
A comprehensive online resource for genealogical research. Access billions of genealogy records in census data, vital records, directories, and photos.
With a Discovery Pass, explore Cincinnati’s cultural gems and natural beauty for free.
Makerspace offers tools, materials, and events for collaborative projects. The Library also has access to creativebug, a resource with thousands of arts & crafts videos and library events.
Additional Free Services
You can also apply for a US passport at the Library with the help of trained staff who can guide you through the process and take your photo for a fee.
Find tax forms and instructions online or at any library location, get free tax preparation assistance from IRS-certified volunteers, and access online tools such as IRS Free File and Ohio Benefit Bank.
The Library is committed to providing resources and services to the community’s lifelong learners.
The Library offers free printing and faxing at their locations; just ask a librarian for assistance.
Computers are available to reserve across CHPL’s 41 neighborhood branches. Library cardholders may borrow one laptop at a time for up to two hours inside select Library locations.
To expand access to STEM-related learning tools and materials, the Library has partnered with Dean Regas and the Cincinnati Observatory to allow the borrowing of 10 Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch astronomical telescopes for use by library cardholders.
Reserve a meeting room or study room online, or ask a librarian.
Free Children’s Services
Cincinnati Public Library hosts FREE homework help for students in kindergarten through eighth grades at select branch libraries in the afternoons during the school year. Work with live expert job coaches or homework tutors through the app.
CHPL partners with UMC Food Ministry to bring meals and snacks to select Library locations. All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals.
Raise your children to be lifelong readers by bringing them to storytime at the Library or watching online.
These are just some of the free services CHPL offers its members. To learn more about available services, visit the CHPL website or any library location. Most library services require patron accounts to be clear of fines.
For More Information
The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is a great place to access free services that enrich individuals’ lives. Whether reading a book, watching a movie, learning a new skill, creating something unique, joining a book club, or getting help from a librarian, CHPL has something for everyone. All that is needed to start enjoying these services is a library card. Apply online or visit any library location to get a library card.
For more information about Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Libraries, your local branch library, library hours, library news, library services, upcoming events, and storytime, visit the library website or go to the Library.
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